Illegal gas fitter fined

Published: 11 Nov 2015

A self-employed Middleton man was fined for carrying out gas work while not being registered with Gas Safe Register.

Manchester Crown Court, (Minshull Street) heard on 22 September 2015 that Paul Gregory carried out work illegally by undertaking gas work whilst not being registered with Gas Safe Register.

A Prohibition Notice (PN) had been served on Gregory on 14 November 2011 following an investigation which prohibited him from undertaking any work on gas fittings until he is registered with Gas Safe Register.

HSE Inspector Lisa Bailey who investigated the case, said: “Paul Gregory was well aware of the requirement to be Gas Safe registered, in fact he had been previously prosecuted by HSE for the same offences in 2012 and had been given a PN preventing him from carrying out gas work until he was registered with Gas Safe Register. By ignoring this he potentially put lives at risk”

Further information about gas safety can be found online at

 Implications for clients- To avoid ensure legal compliance and avoid prosecution the following need to be adhered to:

  1. Ensure that every Gas Safe registered engineer has an ID card which shows who they are and the type of work they are qualified to carry out. Customers should ask to see this and check the engineer is qualified to do the job in hand.
  2. You can also check your engineer by calling The Gas Safety Register on 0800 408 5500 or by visiting
  3. Ensure that certified engineer provides a copy of a safe system of work/ method statement for the intended work that is to be carried out.
  4. Ensuring that compliance is met will enable a reduction/elimination of work-related death, injury and ill health.
  5. Further HSE news releases are available at